Hal Rubenstein's Pick
- Calle Ocho
446 Columbus Avenue, 212-873-5025
Lots of space, a sense of celebration, and Doug Rodriguez’s food. That’s a party.
Adam Platt's Pick
210 East 46th Street, 212-687-4855
No one’s better at handling unruly herds of carnivores.
Robin Raisfeld's Pick
- Blue Ribbon Bakery
3 Downing Street, 212-337-0404
The snug basement alcove is so close to the open kitchen and bread oven it’s practically a chef’s table.
Rob Patronite's Pick
63-42 108th Street, Forest Hills, Queens
For footlong skewers of charcoal-grilled meat and a BYOB vodka-induced frenzy.
Best for a Group of Ten
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).